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November 19, 2017


"Why, then, is the Trump administration poised to take a hard line against AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner?


The legal grounds for a court challenge are weak, so the most plausible explanation is President Trump's* oft-stated grudge against CNN, which is part of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit.


Ever since the Nixon administration secretly meddled in antitrust policy, both parties have tried to keep raw partisan politics out of it. Presidents appoint certain types of lawyers to head the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission antitrust units, then leave them alone to conduct independent reviews that follow the facts and the law.


 At least that was the practice.....until Trump became president.  


From a legal standpoint, the Justice Department challenge is puzzling. In fact, Trump’s top antitrust enforcer at Justice, Makan Delrahim, told an interviewer last year, before joining the administration, that he did not see any problem with the merger."





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